A Weekend Without a Loss: The Lady Razorbacks went through last weekend without a loss, a feat that has happened often this year, but not often in SEC play. Arkansas decimated Alabama to the tune of a 5-0 victory, and then worked a tie against Auburn, 0-0.
Surprising Win: While Arkansas’ victory over Alabama was not a huge surprise, the way in which the Lady’Backs won was. No one would have guessed that the Lady Razorbacks would hang five on the SEC foe. The 5-0 final was the largest margin of victory by an Arkansas team over an SEC opponent since the 1999 season when it defeated Mississippi State 8-0.
Deja Vu: The last time the Lady Razorbacks went through a conference weekend without a loss was during the 2000 season when they defeated Auburn and Alabama, Oct. 13& 15. That weekend, the Lady’Backs won both their matches, 3-2 and 5-2.
Not Since 1999: While it was the 2000 season when Arkansas went through a conference weekend without a loss, it was the 1999 season when the Lady’Backs posted back-to-back shutouts in conference games. That season, the Lady’Backs blanked LSU on a Sunday afternoon, then came back the following Friday night and picked up a 3-0 win against Alabama.
15th in the Central Region: The Lady Razorbacks have finally done it. Thanks to its 10-4-1 overall record and 3-3-1 conference clip, Arkansas is ranked in a tie for 15th in the latest SoccerBuzz Regional Rankings. The central region is composed of 68 teams.
First Time Ever: Arkansas’ regional ranking in the SoccerBuzz poll is its first ever regional ranking. Prior to Oct. 16, 2006, the Lady’Backs had never been ranked in the SoccerBuzz rankings which date back to 1996.
First Arkansas Team: Not only are the Lady Razorbacks making their first appearance in the SoccerBuzz rankings, they are also the first team from the state of Arkansas to appear in the online magazine’s poll.
Arkansas’ RPI: The NCAA released its mid-year RPI rankings on Oct. 3 and the Lady Razorbacks sat at 53rd in the nation, its best RPI ranking ever. The Lady’Backs are the seventh ranked team in the Southeastern Conference and are ahead of league foes, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi State.
Lack of Consecutive Losses: One of the changes in the Lady Razorback soccer season in 2006 is its lack of prolonged losing streaks. Only once this season has Arkansas lost back-to-back games and that came Sept. 24 and Sept. 29 against Vanderbilt (double overtime) and Mississippi.
The Florida Gators: The Florida Gators enter the weekend with an impressive record of 10-4-2 overall and are a near perfect 6-1-1 in Southeastern Conference play. While the squad may not have the swagger and laundry list of impressive victories as it has in the past, this team is very good as evidenced by their 1-0 loss to North Carolina and several other feats.
Conference Leaders: At 6-1-1 and 19 points, the Florida Gators are the Southeastern Conference leaders. They are five points clear of the next best record and are looking not only to clinch their spot in the tournament, but also to ensure the number one seed.
An Old Friend/New Foe: Arkansas is going to see a very familiar face on the Florida sideline this weekend, former head coach Alan Kirkup. After leaving Arkansas, Kirkup returned to his native England and was coaxed back to the coaching arena by Florida head coach Becky Burleigh.
Arkansas vs. Florida: It has not been pretty for the Lady Razorbacks over the years when they have taken on the Florida Gators. In 10 career meetings, Arkansas has yet to pick up a win, although it has come close on several occasions. Prior to the SEC moving to an 11-match schedule, most of Arkansas’ meetings with Florida came in the SEC Tournament where the Gators walked away with a pair of one-goal wins.
In 2005: Arkansas and Florida played a tough defensive struggle in their 2005 meeting in Fayetteville. Both teams traveled to Fayetteville on Saturday after Friday night matches and played to a stalemate for 81 minutes before Megan Kerns knocked in a 20-yard shot to give the Gators a 1-0 victory.
The SEC Standings: The Lady Razorbacks are currently fourth in the SEC’s Western Division in a tight group of teams not just battling for a trip to the SEC Tournament but also for the division championship. Ole Miss leads the way with 13 points followed by Auburn (12) and LSU (11). In the east Florida is the runaway squad with three teams sitting at 14 points.
The Road to Orange Beach: It is still a long and winding road to the SEC Tournament, but if the season were to end today, Arkansas would be a proud guest at the Championships as the eighth seed. At 10 points, Arkansas is tied with Kentucky for the eighth spot but currently gets the nod over the Wildcats thanks to its +3 goal differential.
South Carolina: After beginning its SEC schedule on fire, the South Carolina Gamecocks have cooled a bit and are now in a three-team battle for second in the SEC East. The first team in the league to 10 points, the Gamecocks now have 14 and are coming off a 1-0 victory at home against Mississippi State and double overtime tie with Mississippi.
Scoring Woes: Part of South Carolina’s problems of late have stemmed from its lack of scoring in conference matches. The Gamecocks are next to last in the league in goals scored with six, but have still managed to earn 14 points on four wins and two ties in conference play.
The Series: The Arkansas-South Carolina series used to be a South Carolina advantage and while the Gamecocks still hold the series lead at 4-3-0, Arkansas hopes to tie it up in 2006. After dropping the first match in 1996, South Carolina went on a three-game winning streak, but since 2002, Arkansas has won two of the past three meetings. Interestingly, Arkansas has won twice in Columbia, but lost its one home match since 2002.
Last Season: Christina Burger was the Arkansas answer to South Carolina in 2005 as she scored a pair of goals in a 2-1 Lady Razorback victory. Going into the half with a 1-0 lead, Arkansas conceded a goal to South Carolina’s Darcel Mollen in the 51st minute, but came back with a second in the 72nd, then held on down the stretch for the key road victory.
Defensive Player of the Week 2: Thanks to her part in Arkansas’ victory and tie against Alabama and Auburn, senior goalkeeper Carrie Dillsaver was named the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Week. The honor is Dillsaver’s second of the year and she becomes just the second Lady Razorback to ever earn a player of the week honor twice in her career joining Arkansas’ all-time leading scorer Julie Williford.
Not So Fast My Friend: While the Lady Razorbacks posted a pair of shutout wins over the weekend, goalkeeper Carrie Dillsaver was credited with just one moving her career total to 17, 1/2 behind the all-time Lady Razorback record. The reason for this comes from the NCAA Statisticians Rulebook which states that if more than one person plays in goal during a contest then a team shutout is credited rather than any individual and since Jackie Booker played 3:01 of the Alabama game, Dillsaver only get credit for the Auburn shutout.
The Actual Numbers: A breakdown of Dillsaver’s accomplishments and what could be next on the Arkansas all-time record books:
|Games Played:||69 (Carrie Dillsaver, 2003-pres.)||69|
|Games Started:||69 (Carrie Dillsaver, 2003-pres.)||69|
|Wins:||28 (Carrie Dillsaver, 2003-pres.)||28|
|Minutes:||6,335 (Carrie Dillsaver, 2003-pres.)||6,335|
|Shots Faced:||841 (Carrie Dillsaver, 2003-pres.)||841|
|Saves:||403 (Molly Myers, 1989-92)||321|
|Goals Against Average:||1.33 (Molly Myers, 1989-92)||1.46|
|Shutouts:||17.5 (Molly Myers, 1989-92)||17|
Defensive Player of the Week: For her efforts in Arkansas’ wins over Tulsa and Memphis, senior goalkeeper Carrie Dillsaver was named the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Week. On the weekend she posted a pair of shutouts, made 11 saves and eclipsed Arkansas’ all-time records for games started and wins. It is Arkansas’ first ever defensive player of the week honor in the four years of the award.
Number Five: Carrie Dillsaver broke her fifth Arkansas Lady Razorback school record when she faced multiple shots against Georgia. Her 31 shots faced on the weekend placed her at 813 for her career surpassing Molly Myers mark of 798.
The Five Records: With her surpassing of the shots faced record, Carrie Dillsaver now owns five Lady Razorback school records. Those are games played, games started, wins, minutes and shots faced.
Carrie Dillsaver: In 2005, Carrie Dillsaver was considered a senior by her coaches and teammates as she was scheduled to graduate with her nursing degree in May of 2006, despite the fact that she redshirted her true freshman season and was on her third actual season of playing. She indeed received her bachelor’s degree last May, but the call of the soccer pitch was too great for the Claremore, Okla., native and she chose to delay her professional career by six months in order to play her final season of eligibility with the Lady Razorbacks.
A Close Call: Without realizing it, Carrie Dillsaver and the Lady Razorback defense nearly broke another school record this season, the one for shutout minutes. Over the course of five matches beginning with Louisiana Tech and ending with Vanderbilt, Arkansas held its opponents off the scoreboard for 357:55, less than four minutes shy of the school record of 361:20 set between Nov. 3, 1991 and Sept. 20, 1992.
Sixth Straight at Home: With Christina Burger’s two-goal effort against the Alabama Crimson Tide, she added to her school record effort for consecutive home matches with a goal, moving it to six games. Unfortunately, Burger’s streak would end there as she was shutout against Auburn, but her effort exceeded the mark of four set by Julie Williford in 2003.
Five Straight: Christina Burger scored goals in five consecutive games between Southeastern Louisiana and Tulsa to set a Lady Razorback record for consecutive matches with a score. The previous record was four straight by Julie Williford in 2000.
Nine Goals: With her two-goal match against Alabama, Christina Burger moved her season total to nine and matched her single-season career best. She has an opportunity to break that mark as she has at least four matches remaining on the schedule.
Moving up the Career Charts: It may be impossible for Christina Burger to catch Julie Williford and break Arkansas’ all-time school records for goals and points, but the Southlake, Texas, native is certainly placing her name high on the books for others to catch. With her nine goals, three assists and 21 points this season, Burger is currently fourth on the goals scored, points and game-winning goals charts. Burger now has career totals of 29 goals, 11 assists, 69 points and seven game winners. To move up on the Lady Razorback charts she would need 35, 12, 81 and 8, respectively.
Second-Team All-SEC: Christina Burger’s 2005 season, in which she was third in the SEC in goals scored, allowed her to be named second-team all-SEC, her first conference honor and just the 10th in Lady Razorback history.
Tournament MVP: Thanks to her efforts in Arkansas’ wins over the weekend, Christina Burger was named the Lady Razorback Classic’s most valuable player and a member of the all-tournament team.
Welcome Aboard: The Lady Razorbacks welcome La Tremenda into the family of Arkansas soccer broadcasting. La Tremenda is the third entity that will be broadcasting Lady Razorback soccer action in 2006 joining KXUA, 88.3 FM in Fayetteville and LADYBACKS.COM.
Career Game: Sophomore Lindsay Patterson had herself a career night in Arkansas’ victory against Georgia as she netted both Lady Razorback goals. The scores were her third and fourth of the season and allowed her to notch the first game-winning goal of her young career.
Another Game Winner: Lindsay Patterson picked up her first career game-winning strike against Georgia, and then notched her second in the Alabama win. Her 10-yard strike to the upper corner of the goal in the sixth minute proved to be all the offense Arkansas needed in its shutout win over the Crimson Tide.
Friday Night Lights: It seems that Lindsay Patterson is a night game kind of gal and you only have to look back at the past three weekends to prove it. Since Arkansas began SEC play, Patterson has three goals on Friday nights and only one assist on Sunday afternoons.
Big Target, Big Threat: At 5-9, Lindsay Patterson is a big target for the Lady Razorbacks at forward and following her game against Georgia she is emerging as a big target for Arkansas offense. Her four goals on the season are a career high and her play during practice allowed her to become a constant in the Arkansas starting lineup.
Assist Leader: Abbey Wilburn’s six assists on the year are tops on the 2006 Lady Razorback roster and are among the league leaders as well. She is third in the Southeastern Conference in assists, three behind the leader, Chrissy Strini of Mississippi.
10th: Abbey Wilburn has been an assist machine for the past two seasons. Her six assists this season coupled with her six from last year place her in a tie for 10th on Arkansas’ all-time list. Wilburn could move steadily up the charts with her next seven assists all the way to second.
First Game Winner: Abbey Wilburn’s goal against Louisiana Tech was the first game-winning strike of her career. In fact it was just her second career goal.
10 Wins: We can’t state it enough but Arkansas’ 10 wins are the most by any Lady Razorback team since the 1996 season when the Lady’Backs posted an 11-7-3 overall record. That team also tied Arkansas’ all-time mark for wins in a season.
Four in Conference: While we are at it, we should also mention that Arkansas’ all-time best for wins in a Southeastern Conference season is four which it set two times, the first being in the 1996 season and the most recent in 1999. The Lady’Backs best winning percentage in SEC play is .563, set in 1996.
Another Solid Effort: The Lady Razorbacks are a multi-faceted team when it comes to scoring and aiding in that endeavor is freshman forward Kat Moffett. The spry McKinney, Texas, native has scored two goals in SEC play and picked up her first SEC assist against Alabama. While her efforts against Alabama were buried behind Christina Burger’s two goals and Lindsay Patterson’s game winner, Moffett did score one and assist on a second Lady Razorback score.
Top Freshman: Thanks in part to her goal and assist against Alabama, Kat Moffett moved to the top of Arkansas’ scoring list for freshman with three goals and two assists on the year for eight points. She is one ahead of Kim Schleif (three goals, one assist).
Scoring First: In 15 matches this season, Arkansas has been the aggressor and to prove it, you only have to look at one stat, first goals. The Lady Razorbacks have scored the first goal in 12 of the 15 matches they have played in this season putting pressure on opposing teams to match Arkansas’ efforts.
Playing From Behind: Thanks to its knack for scoring the game’s first goal the Lady Razorbacks have been ahead for most of their playing time this year. In fact, Arkansas has only played 94:54 of 1396 total minutes down by a score.
Welcome Back: The Lady Razorbacks received some much appreciated help against Tennessee when sophomore Megan Fawley took the field for the first time this season. One of the Lady’Backs main players in 2005, Fawley has been recovering from an Achilles injury.
Lady Razorback Classic All-Tournament Team: Four Lady Razorbacks were named to the Lady Razorback Classic All-Tournament Team over the weekend. Christina Burger was the MVP of the weekend and was joined by Carrie Dillsaver, Devon Burger and Abbey Wilburn on the squad.
Scoring Prowess: Two-thirds of the way through the 2006 season and the Lady Razorback are in some unfamiliar territory. This team is ranked fourth in the conference in terms of goals scored in all games played, a position that it has not been in for some time. The Lady’Backs are also tied for third in assists and are fourth in points.